Day One: Organic Certification Workshop
12:00 pm Registration Begins
1:00 pm Getting and Staying Certified
How to get and stay certified. Eastlyn Wright, OneCert Organic Certification Specialist
This workshop will include an overview of National Organic Program regulations, tools and tips for record keeping and working with certifiers and inspectors, and features a mock inspection exercise that will walk participants through an inspection on a hypothetical farm.
Surviving the transition to organic: Financial and technical assistance
- Overview of Wyoming Department of Agriculture Programs. Ted Craig, Wyoming Department of Agriculture.
- Overview of Colorado Department of Agriculture Programs. Mitch Yergert, Director, Division of Plant Industry, Colorado Department of Agriculture.
- USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service financial and technical assistance for organic producers. Roger Stockton, USDA-NRCS, Wyoming, and Ben Bowell, Joint Organic Conservation Specialist, Oregon Tilth & USDA NRCS, Portland, Oregon.
- USDA-Farm Service Agency: Loan programs and other assistance available to farmers. Laura Kessler, FSA Laramie County Executive Director, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Discussion: We’d like to hear approaches, techniques, and experiences about transitioning and staying certified.
Day Two: Speakers, Researcher Talks, & Poster Session
A range of topics within the themes of organic livestock, organic crop, and organic forage production will be presented by selected growers, researchers, and NOP experts. Organic Association forming between states will be emphasized and explored.